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Delivering happiness to seriously ill kids

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  1. Virtual Reality

    $10 provides 10 hours of virtual reality for a seriously ill kid.

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  2. Gaming

    $15 provides an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids.

  3. Hospital Wear

    $25 provides a comfy and colorful gown for a seriously ill kid.

Every 30 seconds a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. 

These kids are scared, lonely, and missing out on all of the things that make being a kid fun.  

That’s where Starlight comes in.  

We deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the US.  

Our state-of-the-art programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming entertain, distract, and inspire hospitalized kids.  

Since 1982, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 16 million seriously ill children and their families. 

  1. :30
    How often a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or injury
  2. 800+
    The number of hospitals and health care facilities in our nationwide network
  3. 16 million
    How many smiles have been delivered since 1982
  4. $10
    The amount that can deliver happiness to 10 children

Be a shining light for seriously ill kids


Because happy kids heal faster

  1. Virtual Reality is Changing the Hospital Experience

    Lenovo collaborates with Starlight to show the power of virtual reality for hospitalized children. Patients exposed to VR as part of their therapy report lower ratings of pain. Check it out, here, in our new film.

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  2. Ways to Give Happiness This Holiday Season

    Right now, your donation will be DOUBLED with Niagara Cares matching support (up to a maximum of $50,000)! Learn about the different ways you can deliver happiness to your community.

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  3. Stream For Starlight

    You can #StreamForStarlight throughout the year and help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 to deliver happiness to 50,000 seriously ill kids.

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  4. The Impact of Starlight Gaming

    Right after Edwin Jr. had hip surgery, he and his family knew that the road to recovery was going to be long and painful. "At first, I was kind of in pain, but the Starlight Nintendo Wii U took my mind off of the pain. I was actually entertained, and I was more calm and happy.”

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